Terms of Use

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You are free to:

  • Read and Print our articles and other media free of charge.
  • Share and Reuse our articles and other media under free and open licenses.
  • Contribute To and Edit the Site.

Under the following conditions:

  • Responsibility – You take responsibility for your edits (since we only host your content).
  • Civility – You support a civil environment and do not harass other users.
  • Lawful Behavior – You do not violate copyright or other laws.
  • No Harm – You do not harm our technology infrastructure.
  • Terms of Use and Policies – You adhere to the below Terms of Use and to the applicable community policies when you visit our sites or participate in our communities.

With the understanding that:

  • You License Freely Your Contributions – you generally must license your contributions and edits to our sites or Projects under a free and open license (unless your contribution is in the public domain).
  • No Professional Advice – the content of articles and other projects is for informational purposes only and does not constitute professional advice.

Welcome to Autowiki! The Autowiki Foundation (“we” or “us”), is a community whose mission is to empower and engage people around the world to collect and develop articles about cars and their maintenance under a free license or in the public domain, and to disseminate it effectively and globally, free of charge.

We welcome you (“you” or the “user”) as a reader, editor, author, or contributor, and we encourage you to join the Autowiki community. Before you participate, however, we ask that you please read and agree to the following Terms of Use (“Terms of Use”).

These Terms of Use apply to members and non-members alike. In order to use the Service, you must accept these Terms of Use. You may do so by registering for membership with the Service or by actually using the Service.

1. Membership

In order to use certain portions of this Service, you will need to first register for membership in the Service. By registering for the Service Site, you represent and warrant that you agree to and to abide by all of the terms and conditions of this Agreement.

If you choose to register for membership, in consideration of your use of the Site, you agree to maintain the security of your password and identification and to be fully responsible for all use of your account and for any actions that take place using your account.

The Foundation may terminate your account, delete your profile and any content or information that you have posted on the Service and/or prohibit you from using or accessing the Service for any reason, or no reason, at any time in its sole discretion, with or without notice.

2. Privacy Policy

We ask that you review the terms of our Privacy Policy, so that you are aware of how we collect and use your information. Because our services are used by people all over the world, personal information that we collect may be stored and processed in the United Kingdom or any other country in which we or our agents maintain facilities. By using our services, you consent to any such transfer of information outside your country.

3. Trademarks

The word AUTOWIKI is not yet a registered trademark. We can't constrain you from using it but we ask you to refrain from doing that. We ask that you please respect our future trademarks including the word itself, the domain name and our logos.

4. Our role

We act only as a hosting service, maintaining the infrastructure and organizational framework that allows our users to build the Site. Autowiki is collaboratively edited, all of the content that we host is provided by users, and we do not take an editorial role. Autowiki Foundation members may do edits and administrative actions the same way as any other users do but generally we do not monitor or edit all the content of the Site, and we do not take any responsibility for this content.

5. Content We Host

You may find some material objectionable or erroneous. You may encounter material that you find erroneous, misleading, mislabeled, or otherwise objectionable. We therefore ask that you use common sense and proper judgment when using our services.

Our content is for informational purposes only: Although we host a great deal of information that pertains to professional topics, this content is presented for informational purposes only. It should not be taken as professional advice. Please seek independent professional counseling from someone who is licensed or qualified in the applicable area in lieu of acting on any information, opinion, or advice contained on the Site.

6. User Conduct

You are agree not to use the Service to:

  • Abuse, harass, threaten or intimidate other Autowiki users;
  • Post or transmit any content that is obscene, pornographic, abusive, offensive, profane, or otherwise violates any law or right of any third party, or content that contains homophobia, ethnic slurs, religious intolerance, or encourages criminal conduct;
  • Violate any applicable law regarding the health or well-being of minors;
  • Delete or distort content for no reason (we call this "vandalism");
  • With the intent to deceive, post content that is false or inaccurate;
  • Intentionally or knowingly post content that constitutes libel or defamation;
  • Attempt to impersonate another user or individual, misrepresenting your affiliation with any individual or entity, or using the username of another user with the intent to deceive;
  • Post any illegal or unauthorized content or use for any illegal or unauthorized purposes;
  • Post or transmit any communication or solicitation designed or intended to obtain password, account, or private information from any Autowiki user;
  • Post, upload, transmit, share, or store unsolicited or unauthorized advertising, solicitations, chain mail, junk mail, spam, or any other type of unauthorized solicitation;
  • Infringe the privacy rights of others under the laws of the United Kingdom or other applicable laws (which may include the laws where you live or where you view or edit content);
  • Solicit personally identifiable information for purposes of harassment, exploitation, violation of privacy, or any promotional or commercial purpose not explicitly approved by the Autowiki Foundation;
  • Solicit personal information from any user under the age of 18 for an illegal purpose;
  • Post advertisements or solicitations of business;
  • Engage in fraud;
  • Infringe copyrights, trademarks, patents, or other proprietary rights under applicable law;
  • Violate any laws in your jurisdiction (including but not limited to copyright laws and laws regarding online conduct and acceptable content);
  • Post or distribute content that contains any viruses, malware, worms, Trojan horses, malicious code, or other device that could harm our technical infrastructure or system or that of our users;
  • Engage in automated uses of the site that are abusive or disruptive of the services and have not been approved by the Autowiki community;
  • Disrupt the services by placing an undue burden on the Site.

You further agree:

  • To only use the services in a manner consistent with these Terms of Use and in compliance with applicable laws and regulations;
  • To maintain the confidentiality of any password(s) associated with your use of the Service;
  • To notify the Foundation immediately in case of any unauthorized use of your account.

7. Licensing of Content

You agree to the following licensing requirements:

  1. Text to which you hold the copyright: When you submit text to which you hold the copyright, you agree to license it under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License (“CC BY-SA”). Please note that this license allows commercial uses of your contributions, as long as such uses are compliant with the terms.
  2. Attribution: Attribution is an important part of these licenses. When you contribute text, you agree to be attributed through hyperlink to your profile or your ip-address at history page of article to which you contributed (since each article has a history page that lists all authors and editors). You also agree that copied pieces of your originally contributed text are attributed in any of the following fashions:
    1. Through hyperlink (where possible) or URL to the article to which you contributed (since each article has a history page that lists all authors and editors);
    2. Through hyperlink (where possible) or URL to an alternative, stable online copy that is freely accessible, which conforms with the license, and which provides credit to the authors in a manner equivalent to the credit given on the Project website; or
    3. Through a list of all authors (but please note that any list of authors may be filtered to exclude very small or irrelevant contributions).
  3. Importing text: You may import text that you have found elsewhere or that you have co-authored with others, but in such case you warrant that the text is available under terms that are compatible with the CC BY-SA 3.0 license.

    You agree that, if you import text under a CC BY-SA license that requires attribution, you must credit the author(s) in a reasonable fashion. Where such credit is commonly given through page histories, it is sufficient to give attribution in the edit summary, which is recorded in the page history, when importing the text.

  4. Non-text media: Non-text media on the Site are available under a variety of different licenses that support the general goal of allowing unrestricted re-use and re-distribution. When you contribute non-text media, you agree to put it only under a license which meets the terms of the Definition of Free Cultural Works specific to licenses, as can be found at http://freedomdefined.org/Definition version 1.0.
  5. No revocation of license: Except as consistent with your license, you agree that you will not unilaterally revoke or seek invalidation of any license that you have granted under these Terms of Use for text content or non-text media contributed to the Autowiki, even if you terminate use of our services.
  6. Public domain content: Content that is in the public domain is welcome! It is important however that you confirm the public domain status of the content under the law of the United Kingdom as well as the laws of any other countries as required by the specific Site language localised edition. When you contribute content that is in the public domain, you warrant that the material is actually in the public domain, and you agree to label it appropriately.
  7. Re-use: Re-use of content that we host is welcome, though any re-use must comply with the underlying license(s).

    When you re-use or re-distribute a text page developed by the Autowiki community, you agree to attribute the authors in any of the following fashions:

    1. Through hyperlink (where possible) or URL to the page or pages that you are re-using (since each page has a history page that lists all authors and editors);
    2. Through hyperlink (where possible) or URL to an alternative, stable online copy that is freely accessible, which conforms with the license, and which provides credit to the authors in a manner equivalent to the credit given on the Project website; or
    3. Through a list of all authors (but please note that any list of authors may be filtered to exclude very small or irrelevant contributions).

    If the text content was imported from another source, it is possible that the content is licensed under a compatible CC BY-SA license. In that case, you agree to comply with the compatible CC BY-SA license. To determine the license that applies to the content that you seek to re-use or re-distribute, you should review the page footer, page history, and discussion page.

    In addition, please be aware that text that originated from external sources and was imported into the Site may be under a license that attaches additional attribution requirements. Users agree to indicate these additional attribution requirements clearly. Such requirements may appear for example in a banner or other notations pointing out that some or all of the content was originally published elsewhere. Where there are such visible notations, re-users should preserve them.

    For any non-text media, you agree to comply with whatever license under which the work has been made available (which can be discovered by clicking on the work and looking at the licensing section on its description page or reviewing an applicable source page for that work). When re-using any content that we host, you agree to comply with the relevant attribution requirements as they pertain to the underlying license or licenses.
  8. Modifications or additions to material that you re-use: When modifying or making additions to text that you have obtained from the Site, you agree to license the modified or added content under CC BY-SA 3.0 or later.

    When modifying or making additions to any non-text media that you have obtained from the Site, you agree to license the modified or added content in accordance with whatever license under which the work has been made available.

    With both text content and non-text media, you agree to clearly indicate that the original work has been modified. If you are re-using text content in a wiki, it is sufficient to indicate in the page history that you made a change to the imported text. For each copy or modified version that you distribute, you agree to include a licensing notice stating which license the work is released under, along with either a hyperlink or URL to the text of the license or a copy of the license itself.

8. Claims of Copyright Infringement

Щur policy is to respond to notices of alleged copyright infringement that comply with the formalities of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) of US or article 15_7 of Federal Law "On Information, Information Technologies, and Information Protection" of Russian Federation or any similar law. Pursuant to the DMCA, we will terminate, in appropriate circumstances, users and account holders of our system who are repeat infringers.

If you are the owner of content that is being improperly used on the Site without your permission, you may request that the content be removed under the DMCA or law of your state. To make such a request, please email us at admin@autowiki.xyz.

Alternatively, you may make a request to our community, which often handles copyright issues faster and more effectively than prescribed under the DMCA. In that case, you can post a notice explaining your copyright concerns at our Forum or at discussian page of the concerned wiki page or here.

9. Third-party Websites and Resources

The Site contains links to third-party websites and resources, but we are not responsible or liable for their availability, accuracy, or the related content, products, or services, nor do we have any obligation to monitor such third-party content.

10. Handling violations

We reserve the right, but do not have the obligation to:

  • Investigate your use of the service (a) to determine whether a violation of these Terms of Use, Project edition policy, or other applicable law or policy has occurred, or (b) to comply with any applicable law, legal process, or appropriate governmental request;
  • Detect, prevent, or otherwise address fraud, security, or technical issues or respond to user support requests;
  • Refuse, disable, or restrict access to the contribution of any user who violates these Terms of Use;
  • Ban a user from editing or contributing or block a user's account or access for actions violating these Terms of Use, including repeat copyright infringement;
  • Take legal action against users who violate these Terms of Use (including reports to law enforcement authorities); and
  • Manage otherwise the Site in a manner designed to facilitate their proper functioning and protect the rights, property, and safety of ourselves and our users, licensors, partners, and the public.

In the extreme circumstance that any individual has had his or her account or access blocked under this provision, he or she is prohibited from creating or using another account on or seeking access to the Site, unless we provide explicit permission. Without limiting the authority of the community, the Autowiki Foundation itself will not ban a user from editing or contributing or block a user's account or access solely because of good faith criticism that does not result in actions otherwise violating these Terms of Use or community policies.

The Autowiki community and its members may also take action when so allowed by the community or Foundation policies applicable to the specific Project edition, including but not limited to warning, investigating, blocking, or banning users who violate those policies. You agree to comply with the final decisions of dispute resolution bodies that are established by the community for the specific Project editions (such as arbitration committees); these decisions may include sanctions as set out by the policy of the specific Project edition.

11. Termination

If your account or access is blocked or otherwise terminated for any reason, your public contributions will remain publicly available and, unless we notify you otherwise, you may still access our public pages for the sole purpose of reading. In such circumstances, however, you may not be able to access your account or settings.

We reserve the right to suspend or end the services at any time, with or without cause, and with or without notice.

12. Disclaimers

The Service is provided "as is" and "as available". We expressly disclaim all express or implied warranties of all kinds, including but not limited to the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, and non-infringement. We make no warranty that our services will meet your requirements, be safe, secure, uninterrupted, timely, accurate, or error-free, that errors in functionality or operation of the service will be corrected or that your information will be secure. The Foundation does not and cannot guarantee any specific results from use of the Service. YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU USE THIS SERVICE AT YOUR OWN RISK.

While we provide policies and guidelines for user conduct and submissions, the Foundation does not control and is not responsible and is not liable in any manner for any user content submitted to the service.

We are not responsible for the content, data, or actions of third parties, and you release us, our directors, officers, employees, and agents from any claims and damages, known and unknown, arising out of or in any way connected with any claim you have against any such third parties. No advice or information, whether oral or written, obtained by you from us or through or from our services creates any warranty not expressly stated in these Terms of Use.

Any material downloaded or otherwise obtained through your use of our services is done at your own discretion and risk, and you will be solely responsible for any damage to your property that results from the download or otherwise obtaining of any such material. You agree that we have no responsibility or liability for the deletion of, or the failure to store or to transmit, any content or communication maintained by the service. We retain the right to create limits on use and storage at our sole discretion at any time with or without notice.

The Autowiki Foundation will not be liable to you or to any other party for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, consequential or exemplary damages, including but not limited to, damages for loss of profits, goodwill, use, data, or other intangible losses, regardless of whether we were advised of the possibility of such damage. In no event shall our liability exceed one thousand U.S. dollars (USD 1000.00) in aggregate. In the case that applicable law may not allow the limitation or exclusion of liability or incidental or consequential damages, the above limitation or exclusion may not apply to you, although our liability will be limited to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law.

13. Modifications to these Terms of Use

Because things naturally change over time and we want to ensure our Terms of Use accurately reflects our practices and the law, it may be necessary to modify this Terms of Use from time to time. We reserve the right to do so in the following manner:

  • In the event of substantial changes, we will provide the proposed changes to our users in at least two (2) languages (selected at our discretion) for open comment period lasting at least thirty (30) calendar days. Prior to the start of any comment period, we will provide notice of such changes and the opportunity to comment via the Autowiki Site.
  • For minor changes, such as grammatical fixes, administrative or legal changes, or corrections of inaccurate statements, we will make the changes without any notice or comment period. You may observe these changes by adding this page to your watchlist.

We ask that you please review the most up-to-date version of our Terms of Use. Your continued use of the Autowiki Site after this Terms of Use becomes effective constitutes acceptance of this Terms of Use on your part. Your continued use of the Autowiki Site after any subsequent version of this Terms of Use becomes effective constitutes acceptance of that version of the Terms of Use on your part.

14. Other Terms

You agree that we may provide you with notices, including those regarding changes to the Terms of Use, by email, regular mail, or postings on the Site.

If in any circumstance, we do not apply or enforce any provision of these Terms of Use, it is not a waiver of that provision.

In the event of any differences in meaning or interpretation between the original English version of this Terms of Use and a translation, the original English version takes precedence.

If any provision or part of a provision of these Terms of Use is found unlawful, void, or unenforceable, that provision or part of the provision is deemed severable from these Terms of Use and will be enforced to the maximum extent permissible, and all other provisions of these Terms of Use will remain in full force and effect.

Contact Us

If you have questions or suggestions about this Terms of Use, or the information collected under this Terms of Use, please email us at admin@autowiki.xyz with a 'terms' string in the subject field or contact us directly.

Thank You!

Thank you for reading our Terms of Use. We hope you enjoy using the Autowiki Site and appreciate your participation in working to improve it.

These Terms of Use went into effect on September 27, 2016.